Fine Arts & Digital Media

“Welcome to convergence culture, where old and new media collide, where grassroots and corporate media intersect, where the power of the media producer and the power of the media consumer interact in unpredictable ways. Convergence culture is the future…”

so says the renowned media theorist Henry Jenkins, and we can’t help but agree. We are living in a time that is embracing media convergence of an unprecedented scale. No longer do our media objects perform the one function for which they were originally intended, but rather a vast array of different functions previously thought impossible to exist all within one entity.

This is presenting exciting new possibilities in the world of fine art, as high-culture and high-tech collide. Here are a few of our favorite recent examples of fine art and digital media convergence…

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iPhone featured in a fine art painting at the Grey Gallery at New York University

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Beautiful design created by Electric Sheep, a distributed computing project for animating and evolving fractal flames, which are in turn distributed to the networked computers and displayed as a screensaver

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A computer mouse gets a fine art makeover by an employee at the Khokhloma Painting Art Association in Russia.

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THE (UN)FAIR art show

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After writing a post on Adam Miller on the smokers club blog last week, I decided to checkout his work at the opening day of the (UN)FAIR art exhibition.  To my surprise, the exhibit was composed of over 30 different artists, of which they were all far from the ordinary.  The classification of the art could easily be considered post-modern as many of the paintings depicted apocalyptic/disturbing scenery in the modern world with the use of traditional techniques such as realism.

I have to say I was less impressed with the work by Adam Miller and the other displaying artists than I would have originally anticipated.  As the pieces were clearly advanced in their techniques and may have claimed to have some sort of deeper meaning (or soul), but I truly find it hard to believe that most of these artists are trying to capitalize on their message rather than the shock value produced.

When I looked back to some of the older work produced by the same artists, it seemed that much of the evolution to these postmodern depictions came from their mastery in the traditional techniques of realism.  This realization only took about a minute to upset me.  However complex realism may be for the ordinary human, these artists later decision to move to the postmodern realm of art made me only see an aura of pretentiousness in their current pieces.  Mastering realism is one thing, but mastering realism and manipulating that skill to make headlines is another.

I understand that postmodern art will (unfortunately) define my own generation, but I can only hope that paintings such as these, will be not be those that are coveted for centuries to come in the Met.   After all, I much rather see colorful-shiny balloons by Jeff Koons in a park than a 6 foot by 12 foot painting of a women thats had a mastectomy.

Aldo Carrera Featured in the SFBG

Screen shot 2013-03-04 at 12.33.02 PMLast week, the San Francisco Bay Guardian gave a behind the scenes look at the Academy of Arts University fashion show from New York Fashion Week. The story features photos taken by our one-and-only fine fashion photographer Aldo Carrera, as well as a Q&A highlighting Aldo’s experience at NYFW and opinions on photojournalism.  Photo’s featured are a bit more personal then your average backstage photographer–check it out here.

Jason Altaan, 19 Year-Old Guru

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The start of The Guru Group has initiated a constant search for our generations next artistic masterminds.  The Guru Group primarily focuses on those under the age of 25 with impeccable, inimitable, and innovative creations- “guru’s” of their craft.  We want to show the world that young people can produce exceptional art, and inspire children to take a leap into the art world if that is what interests them.

This week I came across yet another amazing artist that is only 19 years old, his name is Jason Altaan and he is an incredible drawer, painter, and new-found photographer.  His images carry heavy messages through their surrealist(/realist) expression.  Included are some of our favorite pieces by Jason, you can visit his website at wix.com/jasonaltaan/jasonaltaan (currently under construction but functioning).  His style is cross between the surreal and real, seJason is currently selling pieces displayed online and is also available for commissioned work; please contact The Guru Group at perry@thegurugroupnyc.com if you have any interest as Jason will be personally funding schooling at Central Saint Martin’s coming later this year.  His work is amazing and can only get better (hard to imagine right?)

Stephen Biga Erothe Preview

I met up with Stephen Biga last week to get a preview on his Erothe designs for late 2014.  The pieces planned are impeccable; his designs, in my opinion are fairly nearer to modern-art than any regular fashion designs.  Still Biga finds a way to mix luxury fabrics like silk, leather, knitwear, and even stingray into pieces that are wearable and appropriate for todays Avant Garde.

Erothe stems from the conceptual dichotomy of opposite extremes- it conjures hard softness, dark beauty, unsure certainty and masculine femininity to relay the notion that not one aesthetic element of this world is singular. The silhouettes and fabrications of the line oppose structure and amorphous capabilities to visually ensure the importance of opposites. The erothe woman is mysterious, cultured, interested and lives her life among art.                        

-Stephen Biga

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Stephen Biga Moodboard Preview

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Perry Silverman & Stephen Biga Previewing Erothe
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The Guru Group X Smokers Club

Exciting News! The Guru Group’s Founder, Perry Silverman, has just been selected to design and introduce Womenswear at The Smokers Club.  Perry is looking forward to creating some post-modern apparel for the brand; introducing high quality marijuana influenced clothing to the world of womens fashion.  The concept is a juxtaposition and hence Perry’s excitement to be a part of its creation.  This year has marked social progress in the legalization of marijuana as it has become unattached to “hippy” culture and entered the high fashion realm.

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Aldo Carrera featured in Sinuous Magazine

As mentioned previously, Aldo Carrera was fortunate enough to be selected to shoot the Academy of Art University’s NYFW looks.  Not only was Aldo able to get some amazing backstage footage, but he also was able to create a concept photoshoot using some of his favorite pieces done by Heather Rose McDonald and Heather Scholl (separate designers) and with the help of Laila Elguindi (model), Christina Anderson (model), Melvin Harper (photographer&stylist), Monae Everett (hair & makeup) and Perry Silverman (production.)  Aldo chose to juxtapose the stereotypical glamour attached to high fashion, with a bit of ordinary life.  We often only see runway couture on the red carpet, creating a wall between those of the rich and famous from us “normal people;” Aldo intends to show the world that we are all human, dressed in runway or not, we all still want to go home and relax.

Check out Aldo’s feature in Sinuous Magazine for more info.

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